A Letter That Begins With I Love You: A Celebration of Patricia Smith

The author of seven books of poetry including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, Blood Dazzler, and most recently Incendiary Art, a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow, and the most successful National Poetry Slam champion in the competition’s history, Patricia Smith has been lauded by critics as “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” Providing poetry lovers with a bridge between the stage and page, Smith is a poet, performer, and educator who continues to make an indelible mark in the landscape of American poetry and in the lives of poets everywhere.

(Feeling) At Home in America: 30th Anniversary Event with Camille Dungy

American Book Award winner Camille Dungy considers five important poems that reveal what it means to be at home in America. What are the ways poets utilize line, image, language, and sound to explore the concept of home?

Five Sonnets: 30th Anniversary Event with Monica Youn

National Book Award finalist Monica Youn discusses the history of poetry through the lens of the sonnet.

30 Years! A History of Poetry in 30 Poems
Poets House invites you to celebrate our 30th Anniversary with an exploration of 30 poems that have left an indelible mark on the history of poetry: six programs presented over the course of the year featuring five poets, each of whom will discuss five enduring, necessary poems.

Opening Reception for 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects

In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of Poets House, 30 Years! A Narrative in 30 Objects mines the Poets House archives for objects of resonance, including handwritten correspondence between e. e. cummings and Elizabeth Kray; typescripts from Stanley Kunitz and Galway Kinnell; paintings, photographs, journals, and recordings; and much more.

Exhibition on view November 16, 2017-January 20, 2018.

A Celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks

Acclaimed poets Elizabeth Alexander, Tyehimba Jess, Yusef Komunyakaa, Quraysh Ali Lansana, Marilyn Nelson, Atsuro Riley, Sapphire, Solmaz Sharif , and Patricia Smith celebrate the centenary of Gwendolyn Brooks—part of a year-long, nationwide tribute to one of America’s most influential poets, whose career offers an example of an artist always responsive to the dramatic historical, political, and aesthetic changes and challenges of her time.

The Wind Will Undo Us: A Tribute to James Tolan

Join poets Jennifer Michael Hecht, Owen Lewis, Fran Quinn, Jason Schneiderman, Cecilia Woloch, and friends to honor the work of James Tolan (1964–2017), a beloved member of the Poets House community and long-time professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College. We gather to celebrate Jim’s artistry, wisdom, and grit on the occasion of the release of his posthumous collection of poetry, Filched.

Borrowed Confessions: Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre and Anna Moschovakis

“What is it I’m turning toward in turning toward you?” Julie Carr, Mónica de la Torre, and Anna Moschovakis discuss intimacy, feminism, and the act of confession in epistolary poetry from Lorine Niedecker, Jack Spicer, Bernadette Mayer, Mark McMorris, and others. Audience members will be invited to write “letters” as a form of response to the panelists and then to read them aloud, initiating dialogue.

Passwords: Cedar Sigo on Joanne Kyger

Poet Cedar Sigo, editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, a collection of 40 years of interviews, letters, poems, and journals from the remarkable poet Joanne Kyger, pays tribute to his former Naropa Institute mentor.

Joanne Kyger (1934–2017) was one of the major poets of the San Francisco Renaissance, with overlapping ties to prominent Beat, Black Mountain, and New York School poets. She published over 30 books of poetry and prose.

Tribute to Joanne Kyger

Poets Ammiel Alcalay, Micah Ballard, Edmund Berrigan, Anselm Berrigan, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Norma Cole, Lisa Jarnot, Hettie Jones, Vincent Katz, Filip Marinovich, Tenaya Nasser-Frederick, Ed Sanders, Cedar Sigo, Jared Stanley, Kendra Sullivan, Stacy Szymaszek, Lewis Warsh, and Joey Yearous-Algozin celebrate Joanne Kyger’s lasting influence and pay tribute to one of the great voices in American poetry.

Iowa International Writing Program 50th Anniversary Reading

Poets House invites audiences to journey around the world with the International Writing Program (IWP), the nation’s unique conduit for the world’s literatures. Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, (Somalia/Italy), Maung Day, (Myanmar), and Vladimir Martinovski, (Macedonia), together with alumnae Amanda Lee Koe, (Singapore) and Natasha Tiniacos, (Venezuela), join IWP in celebrating its 50th year in an evening of readings and conversation about poetry around the globe.

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